VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Moss powers A's past Astros 13-1

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A warm day helped Brandon Moss reach another milestone and it helped Jeff Samardzija enjoy even more run support.

Advertisement
Moss hit a grand slam and the Oakland Athletics gave Samardzija more run support than he has had all season in a 13-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday.

''I didn't realize it went over the fence,'' Moss said. ''I thought it was going to be a sacrifice fly. Then I saw it bounce around and was shocked. That's not a home run at night. Being a day game, the ball carries better.''

Jed Lowrie had three hits and drove in a run for the A's, who have the best record (63-38) in baseball and are a season-best 25 games over .500.

Chris Carter hit a home run for the Astros, who fell to 2-4 since the All-Star break.

Samardzija (2-1) gave up a leadoff single to Jose Altuve and then retired 10 straight before Carter's 20th home run put Houston on the board. He did not walk a batter and struck out six.

He retired 12 of 13 following Carter's blast. Carter was the lone Astro to get past second base against Samardzija, who received a combined 13 runs of support over his final six starts with the Cubs.

''I was just trying to get quick innings and not keep the defense out there very long,'' Samardzija said. ''I wanted to keep them in hitting rhythm. When you get a lead like that, you just take a deep breath.''

Samardzija was 2-7 with the Cubs despite a 2.83 ERA. He entered with the third-lowest run support in the majors at 3.05 runs per outing.

''I'm having a lot of fun playing here,'' Samardzija said. ''I just attacked the zone and threw a lot of fastballs.''

Scott Feldman (4-8) lost his straight start, lasting 5 1-3 innings. He allowed six runs and nine hits, walking five and striking out four.

''He battled but at the same time they did a tremendous job of hitting with runners in scoring position,'' Astros manager Bo Porter said. ''That's pretty much what was the difference in the ballgame.''

Feldman allowed at least six runs for just the third time this season but for the second time in three starts. He has allowed 16 runs and 27 hits over his last 17 2-3 innings.

''It was a battle for him all day,'' Porter said. ''Early in the game he really had his breaking ball working, and they started laying off and made him come back into the zone.''

The A's were ahead 4-1 entering the sixth inning when Moss hit his third grand slam of the season.

''You want to cash them in with runners on base,'' Moss said. ''It was a situation where the guy had to make a good pitch and I hit it. I had the bases loaded in the at-bat before and ended up hitting a weak grounder to first.''

Stephen Vogt added a three-run double in the eighth. Josh Reddick, who had two doubles, added a sacrifice fly.

Donaldson and Derek Norris, who had three hits, each drove in runs in the third. Sogard scored on a wild pitch. Crisp's sacrifice fly in the fourth put the A's ahead, 4-1.

NOTES: RHP Jim Johnson was designated for assignment before the game, ending a short, tumultuous relationship with the A's fans, who have booed him since opening day. ... A's OF Yoenis Cespedes (sprained right thumb) could return to the starting lineup on Friday. ... A's INF Alberto Callaspo (right hamstring strain) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment on Saturday. .. RHP Jason Hammel (0-2, 9.00) is scheduled to make his third start for the A's against the Rangers in Texas on Friday. ... LHP Dallas Keuchel (9-6, 3.29) starts for the Astros at home against Miami, which begins a 10-day, 10-game homestand, the longest of the season. ... Samardzija improved to 21-3 lifetime when receiving at least three runs of support.

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
News: Season Win Total Update
Lawrence: September Pitchers Report
Verlander, Astros blank Angels 3-0
Cubs deal Brewers costly loss, 5-4
Suzuki homers twice, Braves rout Phils
BoSox rally past Reds, extend AL East lead
Twins still in playoff chase, top Tigers
Goins helps Blue Jays roll past Yanks, 8-1
Cards rally past Bucs in 9th for 4-3 win
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
3-0 LN, 20-7 Streak, 15-4 G-Plays
11-1 L12 G-Plays, 6-2 L8 Picks
39-19 L58, 48-22 +2,207 Run
5-0 +535 Run, +1,711 This Year
5-1, +536 Last 6 MLB G-Plays
4-0, +453 Last 4 Selections
8-2 +607 Y'day, +2,546 Totals
5-1 +462 L4 Days, 3-1 L4 G-Plays
9-2, +691 MLB Win Streak
4-1 L5 G-Plays, 5-2 L7 Picks
13-5 L18 Guaranteed Plays
5-2, +356 Record L4 Days
12-6, +608 Last 18 MLB G-Plays
3-1 L4 G-Plays, 6-2 +405 L8 Picks
4-1 L5, 8-4 +439 L12 G-Plays
11-5 L16 Over/Under Plays
8-3 L11 G-Plays, 11-5 L16 Picks
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks - St Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates
2017 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Gary Bart + 2964
ASA + 1711
Stephen Nover + 1234
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Chip Chirimbes + 2330
Vince Akins + 1817
Stephen Nover + 1484
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
NeiltheGreek + 2546
John Fisher + 646
Joe Williams + 533
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
ASA + 768
Joe Nelson + 718
John Fisher + 713
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
John Fisher + 799
Scott Rickenbach + 553
Stephen Nover + 471
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Dave Cokin + 1514
Stephen Nover + 1495
ASA + 1049
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership